Combating birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality was the focus of the March of Dimes Adorable Baby Pageant fundraiser today.
Parents of premature babies tell me seeing their infants struggle to stay alive is a heartbreaking emotional roller coaster.
And if it was not for the March of Dimes their children would not be living the normal lives they are today.
Crystal Blake, a March of Dimes member and mother of a premature son says, "It's very scary if it wasn't for the March of Dimes we wouldn't have had the medications and everything we needed to get him better when he was a baby."
The Blake family is one of many families who have benefited from the March of Dimes.
The Stephenson triplets were born three months early and their mom says research funded by the organization helped save their lives.
Denise Stephenson says,"We had surgery during the pregnancy in the placenta and the interuteran surgery helped save their lives.
One board member says education and awareness provided by the March of Dimes is visibly benefiting our community.
Fernando Noriega says,"It gives a child an opportunity to live a normal childhood and that's definitely what has happened. You look around here today and you see a lot of healthy children, but we've also seen some premature babies that are getting to live a healthy life.
All funds donated to the March of Dimes goes to research, community services, education and advocacy to save babies' lives.